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(1) Powerful; mighty; possessing strength; having control, influence or dominion.

(2) Effective; efficacious, as in a potent medicine.

(3) (Of a male) able to procreate or copulate.


Word origin: Latin potens, -entis, p. Pr. Of posse to be able, to have power, fr. Potis able, capable.
Related form: potency (noun)


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Flowers' selective pressure on plant-eating insects

... driver of the evolution of flowers. In the same way that the evolution of fruit is on the one hand a seed dispersal tool but on the other hand a potent way of providing a way for animals to break out of the cycle of needing to eat you to survive. It's a bit like tackling internet piracy by giving ...

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by expuddle
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Flowers' selective pressure on plant-eating insects
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... content of grass. And if you really do "mean basically all plants," sorry but you are wrong because some of "all plants" are potent poisons,even without "icides," and whether in the wild or in the garden should not be eaten at all. Neither I nor my post in any part ...

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by Wallyanna
Thu May 10, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Digestion
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Brewer's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

... and apply them to landfill to see whether they have the ability to oxidize landfill methane into carbon dioxide as methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Hopefully this will help to reduce the greenhouse effect/global warming. I obtained my spent yeast from Carlsberg Malaysia ...

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by crystal2012
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brewer's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)
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Reasons for Skepticism on the Endosymbiosis?

... is somewhat different. You can take a look at some of these images by going here , here , here , or here . The Lack of a Mechanism By far the most potent challenge to the endosymbiotic origin of eukaryotic mitochondria is the lack of a viable mechanism, perhaps most particularly with respect to ...

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by SuperfluousAvatar
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Reasons for Skepticism on the Endosymbiosis?
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Killer Cells vs. Cytotoxic Cells

... these cell types have to be presented antigens by antigen-presenting cells (APCs) in order to function. For CD4+ cells, dendritic cells (DCs) are potent APCs and B lymphocytes (B cells) do so as well. So DCs and B cells gather antigens from their surroundings and display them to CD4+ cells, who ...

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by biohazard
Mon May 02, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Killer Cells vs. Cytotoxic Cells
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